Tesla’s ambition to reshape the auto industry is undeniable. To that end, the 2018 Tesla Model 3 is the company’s fascination as it’s designed as an affordable alternative to the highly successful Model S.
Although Tesla already unveiled this new addition to their stable quite some time back, the company hasn’t disclosed the complete details. Preliminary data suggest that it is quick gasoline-powered EV. This also hints that Tesla might borrow the engine of Model S.
2018 Tesla Model 3 Exterior Design
Design wise, this new 2018 Tesla Model 3 looks like a scaled-down version of Model S as it wears the same deign language. The most prominent design elements of this new Tesla production includes:
- Sleek and simple body lines (creases)
- A coupe-like roof
- A sporty stance
To make it stand out from Model S, this EV has received new design cues and exterior features like the absence of a conventional grille and the company’s badge. This in turn characterizes a one of a kind look to the front fascia. However, the lower grille placed above the splitter feature sleek air intakes.
The headlight’s design and shape are significantly different than that of the Model S. When viewed from the side body, this 2018 Tesla Model 3 share resemblances with Model S as its rear haunches are muscular and the roof descends smoothly towards the rear.
Based on what the photos reveal, the interior cabin is much simpler than most Tesla vehicles. This cabin boasts of a stylish dashboard with wood, aluminum and leather inserts. This dash also wears a clean layout with no instruments and controls as a tablet-like touch interface sits in the center console.
According to the company officials, this upcoming Model 3 can easily accommodate 5 adults. Features like fast recharging with Supercharging technology and autopilot will come as standard.
What has been confirmed is that the entry-level model will come with an electric drive range of 215 miles. This upcoming vehicle will use a rear-wheel drive to be able to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in under 6 seconds. To achieve this, there are high chances that the power outputs will be more than 300 HP and 290 lb-ft torque.
Several reports also hold that 2018 Tesla Model 3 will offer a dual-motor version along with all-wheel drive. The electric motor’s 40 to 60 kWh battery capacity shouldn’t come as a surprise as Tesla’s current range for batteries includes 70 and 90 kWh options.
Experts even predict that this new Model 3’s top speed will be limited to 150 mph. Plus, fuel economy could go as 37 mpg city, 34 mpg highways and 39 mpg combined.
Price and Release Date
It is also known that deliveries for this 2018 Tesla Model 3 will not commence until 2017. As Tesla is reported to receive more than 115,000 pre-orders, this EV could come around the last quarters of 2017 with a starting price of $35,000.